“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
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|10 hours 21 min ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, there was not a whole lot of reason at the time to believe that things would be any different for MSU, so there is that - Dantonio was not exactly a name at the time. You can't really project the last seven years back and say that it was not a reasonable conclusion when in 2007 we were absent those seven years of data at the time. Hindsight is always 20/20, right?
|12 hours 33 min ago||Offensive FEI...||
I saw this thread and looked up offensive FEI numbers for explosive, methodical and value drives and the rankings are as follows over the last couple years:
The value drives are the drives which begin in Michigan territory, in this case, and at least get to the opponent's thirty yard line. The methodical drives are the drives which last more than 10 plays. The explosive drives are drives where the plays average 10 yards or more.
I'll be honest - I can live with being third quartile in explosive drives so long as you can manage the other two on a semi-regular basis, but I wonder...
|14 hours 13 min ago||Optimism...||
I think a fair number of people here were in the 9-3 or 8-4 camp (with an undercurrent of 7-5 and 6-6 folks), and based on what the general consensus was at the time regarding the schedule and the optimism about a new OC and - dare we dream - development on the OL with a dedicated scheme in place, it was a pretty reasonable guess. That's just the data - the smidge of data - we had at the time.
I was one such person, and that's fine really. Having seen the season play out to date and to see our estimated prospects of bowl eligibility currently sitting aroung 15% per Massey's new numbers, yeah, obviously the outlook is quite adjusted with game data now insertable.
|14 hours 21 min ago||Saving His Job...||
Others have touched on it, but at this point, I don't think any landmark hire necessarily equates to forgiveness in the case of David Brandon. The problems are larger than just the performance of the football program and things like the monetization of tradition, the disrespect that comes from longtime season ticket holders and others being treated merely as consumers, and what amounts to rather cold attitude towards the people who cheer for this program are symptoms of a bigger disconnect in the department. There's no guarantee that this changes even with a big name hire short of Brandon either being effectively neutralized as a director somehow or simply let go.
|18 hours 13 min ago||The Methodical Drives....||
Actually, the rankings for Explosive, Methodical and Value drives for Michigan State seem to pain an interesting picture. They are #86 in explosive drives at 0.161, which is the percentage of drives averaging 10 yards per play or more, but #3 in methodical drives at 0.016 - that is the percentage of drives averaging 10 plays or more. MSU is also in the top 25 in value drives, or the percentage of plays that at least reach the 30 yard line. If there is a weakness in there, and we saw it in the Indiana game, it is the odd explosive play. Our chances are not great, of course, but there are avenues to make it interesting perhaps anyway.
|20 hours 15 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
Back in the day all the way down to Brandstatter and Lane doing this game....
|23 hours 49 min ago||The Projection....||
Well, if nothing else, the projection over at Massey has us scoring a couple times anyway despite giving us an estimated 8% probability of winning this game. They are going with the 35-14 median projected score based on their simulation. I think the Sagarin ratings might have painted a similar picture of a potential 3 TD underdog too.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Great And Popular...||
Not only a great event, but a popular one as well. I believe the HOCR regularly draws a few hundred thousand now, bolstered some by the fact that there is typically some international representation in the regatta as well. Does anyone know if we've we got a team in the Head Of The Schuykill as well?
|1 day 11 hours ago||Looking At Highlights...||
It seems like 22 carries, 127 yards and 1 TD in the modern NFL running game is doing it to an Ohio team with authority, and so much the better. Glad to see him starting and immediately being the impactful player we knew he could be. If the change in the athletic department came with that smile, well, who has been able to argue with that smile?
|1 day 13 hours ago||Like Kirk Said....||
"I...HAVE HAD...ENOUGH OF..YOU!"
|1 day 14 hours ago||Playoff Picture...||
ESPN's estimate of the playoff picture is here - LINK
In their opinion, if we started the playoff today, 3 SEC teams and 1 ACC team (guess who) would be in it. The 3 SEC teams would be Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss. The next four out would be Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon and Michigan State. Interestingly, the resume ranks on ESPN are quite varied, to say the least.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I Miss Denard Too...||
I particularly miss "finding a gap" looking more or less like this....
|1 day 18 hours ago||For Anyone Interested...||
I'll just respond to this but it is a general note to the board - if anyone is in fact interested in the scholarship limitation for official sports at NCAA member institutions for both men and women, that listing is here - LINK. It also makes the disctinction between head count and equivalency sports towards the bottom of the page and explains how the distribution works.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Morning Cleanup...||
There are two threads which are not going very well and probably will continue to not go well just based on the reaction they are getting for the most part....
ND loss Schadenfreude
What ever happened to the Big Ten I used to know?
|1 day 22 hours ago||Interestingly...||
I would just like to be on record as saying that - quite interestingly - this is the second time someone has created a "CC: Lance Leipold" thread. I believe that he had brief stints at FBS schools as an assistant at some level (I think Wisconsin was on of those schools), but the fact that a DIII coach has now come up twice like this is a very MGoBlog moment.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Crafty Indeed...||
A crafty exchange of punts in the FSU-ND game, but it is OK because the two dudes covered in glitter are single-handed providing illumination to their entire section. Someone is definitely getting some sort of poisoning in the student section tonight down in Tallahassee.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Comprehensive List...||
Your 8 PM and beyond games games -
Florida State / Notre Dame - ABC
Washington / Oregon - Fox Sports 1
Iowa State / Texas - Longhorn Network
Nevada / BYU - ESPN2 (10:15 PM Eastern)
Stanford / Arizona State - ESPN (10:30 PM Eastern)
Hawaii / San Diego State - CBS Sports (10:30 PM Eastern)
That last one has huge playoff implications in an alternate timeline.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Some Answers...||
I can't really speak for whoever in fact removed that diary, but there informal parameters that have nothing to do with the content of the opinion per se. Many times, you'll see a diary which is contrarian but well-constructed and makes its point quite well and while those may get downvotes because some merely use the mechanism for anything they don't like, it will also get respect even from its detractors.
Having now read the diary entry again, I dare say it didn't really meet the parameters / standards of something that should have been in the diary section (again, it's more about how you say it, not always what you say there).
As for the other question, if a user is caved, then their account and posts both disappear. If someone is merely blocked, they cannot posts but their history remains.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I Have To Ask...||
I have to ask now if Kevin Sumlin thought "WE'RE GONNA DIE" was a viable way to approach the Alabama defense, because if that was the overarching theme for the Aggies, it's working really, really well.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
...and Connor Cook throws a dart right to Indiana's LB Scales and now the Hoosier's have somewhat short field even after a rather inane penalty. Of course, Tevin Coleman grills the defense and puts Indiana right in front from the original spot before the foul.
Wow. Diamont on the keeper and TD Hoosiers.
Can we try out this gameplan for ourselves maybe? Should we ask Kevin Wilson nicely?
|2 days 14 hours ago||Should Be Gone...||
I had to delete the entire chain, but it should be fixed now. Actually, I didn't see the video at all on this end but I could get the audio for some reason. I wonder if that was a laptop / phone format difference.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Switching Now...||
I switched away from WVU-Baylor to Michigan State-Indiana for a bit. Seriously, there is a realizable shot at 300 combined penalty yards in Morgantown - I am honestly impressed that self-facemasking, not washing one's hands after using the facilities and bowing to the inevitable have somehow not managed to get yellow flags in that game.
|2 days 15 hours ago||As They Once Said...||
By Big XII standards, the Bylor-WVU game has turned into a real slobberknocker, as some used to call the slow, plodding games, I believe. Actually, my father enjoys this term in particular, not sure about others. In any case, Baylor has all of 161 yards of offense right now despite the 20 points - definitely the un-Baylor on the field today.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Not Insane At All...||
There's still plenty of game left, of course, but anyone looking for some insane numbers in the Baylor-WVU game will be disappointed - no one is at 200 yards yet, and indeed, only 307 yards gained between both teams.
Of course, plenty of good vertical threats in both WR corps, but the fact that neither secondary has had the chance to show how truly subpar they are yet is a little disenheartening.
|2 days 17 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
I don't think that the "Once In A While, Cough It Up" strategy is a good one to use if you are playing Baylor. This definitely hurts you less against an Iowa or better still, an SMU team that has to always go for it on 4th down because there is nothing else that has been working. Against Baylor, basically handing them possessions seems like a bad way to go.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Not Sure...||
I found the adjustment to his points made at 1:24 PM yesterday, but no reason given. It might very well have been the diary that sent him over the edge, if I had to guess though. I didn't do the deed this time and I don't think that JGB did either though, but that diary....yeah....
|2 days 19 hours ago||Hard To Get Through It...||
I got as far as #19 before GQ started trying to get me to buy things, but #19 happens to be Ohio State as home of the "Excessive School Pride Douche" by GQ's figuring. Actually, we managed to get an honorable mention in this category as well, along with Penn State, Texas and Duke. Speaking of Duke, that's #2 - "The Original Douche". I can see that.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Wife Day...||
Even though I am married and have two kids, today is going to be pretty low-key and rather football-filled. As my wife actually works later today, there isn't much time to do anything spectacular, though we will be taking the kids to the rededication of our neighborhood park (which the city stopped maintaining in the recession and it has been a point of contention since then). It won't be flashy, of course - a hot dog and "Here, try out the not rusty swings" - but it is an improvement that only took five years of constant bitching on the part of myself and others.
|2 days 22 hours ago||We Played Dickey...||
Per the stats archive's numbers for this game, B.J. Dickey was 8-13 for 147 passing yards and 2 passing TD. On the ground, Stanley Edwards ran for 139 yards on 24 carries, but it was one Butch Woolfolk who accounted for the sole rushing touchdown in the game somewhere in his 20 yards and 9 carries. Both Dickey and Wangler had some minor contributions to the ground game themsleves.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I Saw This Thread...||
...and I was just hoping we could fill it with random moments like this....